Here's the situation: I am sitting in my apt in Torrance, 90503. I am very near the intersection of Hawthorne Blvd. and Torrance Blvd. I am feeling very lazy. I want some coffee. I prefer espresso-based drinks over diner-type drip coffee (although if you know of some place that serves really awesome drip coffee, do tell!).
My question is this: does anyone know of any places that serve above-average coffee that are within a 10-minute drive from where I live? Obviously we can rule out Starbucks and Coffee Bean, not for quality reasons but simply because I know where they are and in a pinch will go there.
I feel like I know Torrance pretty well, yet when I scour my brain for places local to me that serve great coffee, I can only think of Catalina Coffee Company, which I still love and treasure. But I'd like to have at least one more go-to place that I can enjoy on my own or share with a visiting friend.
Thanks in advance!